Get it while it’s fresh.
Just got Thunderbird upgraded and moved from a hand-install to a Debianized version that will upgrade itself with everything else automagically from now on forever. And I got enigmail working on it now, so I have the option of encrypted and signed emails henceforth.
Yesterday I managed to figure out better how Firefox does plugins, and got a multimedia program (vlc) and its plugin working. It does pretty well with Windows media, both audio and video, and mpeg, and avi. It won’t touch Real anything (/me hates Real products real bad), and will play Quicktime video without sound. Hopefully this will improve with time. It’s nice to have the option of playing some multimedia stuff — that and games are about the only shortfall I’ve found since crossing over to linux. I even got the Java plugin working in Firefox, so I can play games at popcap.com again. I love those things.
For those wanting to play along at home, WinPT (Windows Privacy Tools) works nicely for the Windows-abled, and Kgpg works well for those using KDE. Enigmail is available for Mozilla and Thunderbird and is a pretty easy install and configuration. And LJ lets you upload your public key into your user profile, so your friends can grab it from there and encrypt stuff for you from there. You can also use either program for encrypting your own data files so as to keep your data away from those you don’t wish to have it. And it makes email private — you do all know that email is as private as a post-card that many people can handle without you knowing about it, right?